Diego Rivera: A Biography: A Biography

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Diego Rivera: A Biography presents a concise but substantial biography of the famous and controversial Mexican artist. Chronologically arranged, the book examines Rivera's childhood and artistic formation (1886–1906), his European period (1907–1921), and his murals of the 1920s. It looks at the work he did in the United States (1930–1933) and follows his career from his subsequent return to Mexico through his death in 1957.

Drawing from primary source materials, the book reveals facts about Rivera's life that are not well known or have not been widely discussed before. It explores his tempestuous marriage to renowned painter Frida Kahlo and looks at controversial works, such as Rivera's 1933 mural for the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, which featured a portrait of Communist party leader Vladimir Lenin, and was officially destroyed the following year.

 

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Contents

Childhood and Artistic Formation 18861906
1
The European Period 19071921
15
Murals of the 1920s
29
Rivera in the United States 19301933
47
Again in Mexico 19341941
67
Rivera and His Mexican Murals of the 1940s 19411949
81
The Final Years 19501957
97
Bibliography
115
Index
119
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About the author (2011)

Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, PhD, is professor of art history at California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

Erika Cabrera is an art historian who combines a career as teacher and gallery curator in Los Angeles, CA.

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